Preventive Medical Care Can Come With Unexpected Costs

January 21, 2014 4:21 PM

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Preventive health care services are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act so that people don't have to pay out of pocket to get recommended screening tests. But some people are discovering that these supposedly free services can be costly.

Take colonoscopy. The procedure is recommended for people age 50 and older by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and thus should be covered under the law. But there's a hitch. Although insurers generally pay for the procedure itself, they may not pick up the hospital facility fee or the anesth...

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